Category Archives: Ice and Climate

Uitstoot van broeikasgassen hoofdoorzaak van zeespiegelstijging sinds 1970

/ April 12, 2016/ Ice and Climate, IMAU

De huidige zeespiegelstijging is de snelste in de afgelopen 3000 jaar. Nieuw onderzoek laat zien dat de invloed van de mens op het klimaat de hoofdreden is voor zeespiegelstijging sinds 1970. De verwachting is dat de zeespiegel blijft stijgen in een opwarmend klimaat. Eerste auteur dr. Aimée Slangen van de Universiteit Utrecht publiceert hierover in Nature Climate Change. Het onderzoek

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Expedition to Spitsbergen: useful and relatively inexpensive

/ October 16, 2015/ Ice and Climate, IMAU

“I would recommend coming along to every scientist” Among the 50 researchers who went on an expedition to Spitsbergen this summer were seven scientists from Utrecht. Researchers Wim Hoek (Physical Geography) and Willem Jan van de Berg (IMAU) came back with enthusiastic stories to tell. > View the photo gallery “It would be great if these kinds of broad multi-disciplinary

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Future Antarctic ice shelves strongly dependent on human actions

/ October 12, 2015/ Ice and Climate, IMAU

  If we reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, then a number of Antarctic ice shelves may be saved by the end of the century. If we don’t, then the collapse of the ice shelves will result in additional sea-level rise. That is the result of an American study conducted in cooperation with researchers from Utrecht University and the KNMI.

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Three IMAU researchers join the largest Dutch polar expeditions so far

/ August 19, 2015/ Ice and Climate, IMAU

From 19 to 28 August 2015 the SEES expedition is voyaging to the island of Edgeøya in the Spitsbergen archipelago. The largest Dutch polar expedition ever will investigate an area that was last investigated 40 years ago so that it can map the consequences of climate change. Over fifty researchers are heading for the island. Three IMAU researcher, Stefan Ligtenberg,

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Four young researchers at Faculty of Science to receive Veni grant

/ July 20, 2015/ Ice and Climate, IMAU

Four Utrecht researchers who have recently obtained their PhD’s have been awarded a Veni grant from NWO. Bas de Boer (Physics), Stefan Ligtenberg (Physics), Gareth Whiting (Chemistry) and Jovana Zecevic (Chemistry) each receive up to 250,000 Euros to finance their own research for three years. In total, NWO awarded 161 Veni grants to Dutch researchers, 28 of which at Utrecht

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Sudden onset of ice loss in Antarctica detected

/ May 22, 2015/ Ice and Climate, IMAU

A group of scientists, including Prof. Michiel van den Broeke, Dr. Stefan Ligtenberg and PhD student Melchior van Wessem of Utrecht University, has observed a sudden increase of ice loss in a previously stable region of Antarctica. The research was published in Science of 21 May. Using measurements of the elevation of the Antarctic ice sheet made by a suite

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Utrechtse celbioloog en polair meteoroloog benoemd tot KNAW-lid

/ May 12, 2015/ Ice and Climate, IMAU

De KNAW heeft 16 nieuwe leden gekozen, waarvan maar liefst twee van de faculteit Bètawetenschappen van de Universiteit Utrecht: hoogleraar Celbiologie Anna Akhmanova en hoogleraar Polaire Meteorologie Michiel van den Broeke. Leden van de KNAW, vooraanstaande wetenschappers uit alle disciplines, worden gekozen op grond van voordrachten van ‘peers’ binnen en buiten de Akademie. De KNAW telt circa vijfhonderd leden, verdeeld over

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Impressive field season in summery East Antarctica

/ March 23, 2015/ Ice and Climate, IMAU

10 December 2014, 11 pm. I walk from the kitchen container to my tent to get some sleep. The winds are forceful and create a vague layer of blowing snow above the surface. It is cold now, but the wind is blowing in my back, and that’s comfortable. The snow is crunchy and hard. The sun is just above the

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Global warming brings more snowfall to Antarctica, causing reduction in sea level

/ March 17, 2015/ Ice and Climate, IMAU

Reduction due to snowfall still less than increase due to melt As the average global temperature rises, the Antarctic ice sheet is melting, causing sea level to rise. However, a study conducted by polar researchers from Utrecht University and their international colleagues has discovered that a rise in temperatures also results in an increase in snowfall, resulting in a slight

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